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Bahrain top group with second win

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Bahrain came back to post their second straight win in the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup with a 2-1 result against Qatar at the Al Minaa Olympic Stadium in Iraq on Tuesday night.

The win enabled the defending champions to top Group B with six points, while Qatar are second on three points.

Abdulla Yusuf Helal netted the winner from a penalty in the 89th minute.

Helal’s cool finish sent the ball to the bottom right corner of the net past Qatar keeper Meshaal Barsham.

The penalty was awarded after a VAR check over a hand ball in the penalty area by Mohammed Waad, who was booked with a yellow card.

Bahrain goalkeeper Ebrahim Lutfallah got a yellow card towards the final moments of the match.

Waad had netted an own-goal before in the 72nd minute as it turned out to be a bad day for the Qatari midfielder.

Bahrain, who were trailing a first-half goal, found the equaliser with the goal, which came after a corner conceded by Tameem Mansour.

In 71st minute, Mohamed Adel of Bahrain sent his shot from the centre of the box too high after a good cross by Kamil al Aswad.

Qatar’s Mohammed Waad tried a through ball, but Ahmed Alaa was caught offside in the 69th minute.

Bahrain made a triple change in the 60th minute.

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Ahmed Al Sherooqi replaced Abdulla al Khalasi, Kamil al Aswad came in for Mahdi Ali and Sayed Dhiya substituted Ali Madan.

In the 58th minute, the Bahrain keeper saved a shot from Tameem Mansour at the bottom left corner.

Ahmed Alaadin struck for Qatar in the 34th minute with a brilliant header off a corner from Mohammed Waad.

Alaadin’s header from the left side of the six-yard box screamed past Bahrain goalkeeper Ebrahim Lutfallah to the top left corner of the net.

Four minutes later, Bahrain missed a chance when Mohamed Marhoon could not direct his left-footed shot towards the target after a nice cross from Abdulla Yusuf Helal.

Qatar missed an attempt closely in the 27th minute. Amro Abdelfatah Ali Surag’s right-footed shot from the left side of the box missed to the right after a pass from Ahmed Alaa.

In the 14th minute, Bahrain’s Abdulla Yusuf Helal hit the left post with a right-footed shot from the left side of the six-yard box.

Bahrain made a valid attempt in the seventh minute. Qatar goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham saved the shot at the bottom left corner after a nice shot from Mohammed Marhoon outside the box.

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